thaumasia, mars, photographed by mars express, 16th january 2014.

37 to 45°s, along 259°e longitude. the top half of the image shows the highlands around solis planum, streaked vertically by the claritas fossae. the bottom half shows the lower, smoother icaria planum. 

5 monochrome frames for animation, coloured with a composite of 3 visible light images. colour balance is not naturalistic, and the rainbow fringes of the clouds are an artefact of the compositing process.

image credit: esa. composite & animation: ageofdestruction.

My dear fastrthanlite tagged me in this, thank you <3

The rules: post the rules, answer the questions i wrote for you, write 11 new ones and then tag 11 new people (and let them know you tagged them)
Ok, I’m gonna try and play the game for once ha ha !

1) Favourite film?

If I had to choose only one I’d say “Worried About The Boy” (2010).

2) Favourite tv show?

I’m torn between “Doctor Who” (Classic and New) and “Queer as Folk (US).

3) Favourite novel?

"Nouvelles" by Salinger.

4) Favourite poem?

"L’homme Hilare" by Baudelaire.

5) Favourite play?

"Much Ado About Nothing" (the one with David Tennant and Catherine Tate).

6) Favourite band?

HARSH ! Well culture Club, I thing it’s the band I cherish the most :3.

7) Favourite band member?

You want my death xD
Maybe it’s weird but in Culture Club my fav is Mikey. As a Duranie, in DD my favs are John and Nick :3

8) Favourite solo artist?

Atm Boy George ^_^.

9) Favourite painting?

"Sunflowers" by Van Gogh.

10) Favourite food?

Idk to be honest.

11) Favourite drink?

Tea (I think it counts).

My Questions :

  1. Only judging on their appearance, who’s your fav band member ?
  2. Favorite album cover ?
  3. Favorite eye color ?
  4. Do you have bad habits ?
  5. Coffee or Tea ?
  6. Android or Apple ?
  7. Would you dare wearing flashing colors in public ?
  8. Favorite author ?
  9. Favorite foreign artist (I mean other than on your native language) ?
  10. Your opinion on Jeffree Star (If you don’t know him, Google him) ?
  11. A tricky one : What do you like the most on my blog ? :p

I tag : bassdisintegrator, fullmetalocalypse, enter-the-fossa, robert-smith-is-a-cat, ur0lagn1a, kazzykayye, kyotoflowers, naznomad, nickrhodeslittledarling, vektroids & lovercomebacktome (but as always it’s not an obligation)

Don’t forget to tag me so I can read your answers ;)


Red Hot Chili Peppers - This Velvet Glove

Laggiù, all’ombra delle moschee, sotto le alte mura merlate, ci sono dei mendicanti. Un sacco di mendicanti. Sono vecchi emaciati, con i volti cotti dal sole, senza denti, spesso senza occhi. Portano una tunica e un turbante anneriti dalla sporcizia, ai loro piedi è steso un pezzo di velluto su cui aspettano che qualcuno getti qualche monetina, e quando qualche monetina cade non ringraziano. Non si sa quale sia stata la loro vita, ma si sa che finiranno nella fossa comune. Sono senza età, senza beni, ammesso che ne abbiano mai avuti – è già tanto se hanno ancora un nome. Hanno mollato tutti gli ormeggi. Sono dei relitti. Sono dei re.

Emmanuel Carrère

Sei sempre stato quel dolce con il retrogusto amaro, anzi, forse il contrario: quel dolce sempre troppo amaro dove il dolce c'era solo nel retrogusto. Sei sempre stato incoerente: mi portavi in cielo in un minuto ma in un secondo mi scavavi la fossa. Spero pienamente che tu prima o poi capisca tutto questo e potremo finalmente amarci senza mai nessun freno. Adesso non so se questo è solo una frenata troppo brusca o è l'arrivo alla destinazione, ma in qualunque caso, a me non piace, io voglio arrivare dove sei tu ma senza indicazioni non si va da nessuna parte.

hannah: Surface of Mars, photographed by Mars Express, 25th November 2005.

Image runs from 32°S 201°E about 710 km due south across the Terra Sirenum highlands to 44°S 201°E. The Sirenum Fossae run across the top of the 2nd image. The 5th and 6th images show a central section of the 300 km-wide Newton Crater, including what looks like part of the central peak complex (notice dunes, dark blue, on the left hand side).

Composite of 3 visible light images for colour, and one monochrome image for detail. Colour balance is not naturalistic.

Image credit: ESA. Composite: AgeOfDestruction.


Denver Zoo Celebrates birth of its Very First Fossa Pup!

Born on July 28th, the male Fossa pup, ‘Rico’, stayed behind the scenes for his first couple months, under the watchful, attentive eye of his mother, ‘Violet’. Fossas (Cryptoprocta ferox) are native to Madagascar. They almost resemble small mountain lions, but their closest relative is actually the mongoose. (Photos: Denver Zoo)

Learn more about Rico: ZooBorns


swoon: Clouds over Mars, photographed by Mars Express, 2nd March 2013.

49 to 43°N, 265 to 268°E, between Alba Mons and the Tempe Terra highlands. The diagonal traces are sections of the Tantalus Fossae, which run northeast from Alba Mons into the low plains of the Vastitas Borealis which circle the pole.

Image credit: ESA. Animation: AgeOfDestruction.

The fossa

Credit: worldswildlifewonders | Shutterstock

The fossa is a cat-like, carnivorous mammal related to the mongoose family, that is endemic to Madagascar. The fossa is the largest mammalian carnivore on the island of Madagascar and has been compared to a small cougar. Adults have a head-body length of 28 to 31 inches (70 to 80 centimeters) and weigh between 12 and 19 pounds (5.5 to 8.6 kilograms).


clouds & shadows over the coracis fossae, photographed by mars express, 11th december 2013.

277°e 36°s, in the highlands south of solis planum. this view is about 60km across. the fossae are the vertical channels running down the image.

composite of 8 images; 3 in visible light for colour and 5 monochrome frames of animation. colour balance is not naturalistic, and the coloured edges to the clouds are artifact of the composite.

image credit: esa. composite & animation: ageofdestruction.


anaïs: Surface of Mars, photographed by Mars Express, 21st December 2008.

Image runs from 13°S 205°E 770 km due south to 26°S 205°E. The western end of Mangala Fossa and some of the Memnonia Fossae run across the lower 3 images. Bernard Crater is seen in the 5th and 6th images.

Bernard Crater is named after the enigmatic “P. Bernard”, a “French atmospheric scientist”. How this “P." can be worthy of a 128 km martian crater but not a whole first name, I know not.

Image credit: ESA. Composite: AgeOfDestruction.